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Associate Professor Eman Ghoneim Receives Egyptian Presidential Invitation to “Egyptian Women Can" Conference

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Eman Ghoneim, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the director of the Remote Sensing Research Lab, was among 30 prominent Egyptian women leaders from around the world selected to present at the “Egyptian Women Can" Conference, a summit on women’s empowerment in Egypt. The summit was sponsored by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. 

Ghoneim received a presidential invitation from the Ministry of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs to attend the July 2-3 conference held in Cairo. The goal of the conference was to recognize the achievement of Egyptian women in the areas of science and economics.

“Such an invitation demonstrates faith of the Egyptian presidency in the importance of the participation of Egyptian women in outlining the future development map of ‘Egypt Vision 2030,’” said Ghoneim, who grew up in Tanta City, located in the middle of the Nile Delta. “Egypt Vision 2030” is the country’s sustainable development strategy.

Ghoneim, the editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Remote Sensing Application, is a physical geographer whose research includes utilizing advanced geospatial technology in the study of natural resources (including surface and groundwater exploration in dry environments), natural hazards (including flash-flood risk, drought, coastal erosion and sea level rise as a result of climate change) and coastal wetlands management.

Her presentation focused on the applications of remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems technology in the exploration of natural resources in Egypt and modeling risks from natural hazards such as floods, sea level rise and coastal erosion. Her talk was broadcasted live on the Egyptian national TV channel.  She was also selected to deliver the summit final remarks.

“I strongly believe that applied sciences can always improve the conditions of life for people who are in desperate need of help and can ultimately lead to great advances in society over time. Apparently, such abiding belief is what has shaped my research interest,” said Ghoneim, recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award. “I am trying to apply my skills and knowledge in understanding the cause of some of the problematic issues that affect the lives of a large number of people worldwide and see how, by science, we can minimize such negative effects.”

Ghoneim was presented an award for her scientific achievements from the Minister of Emigration and Egyptian Expats’ Affairs and the president of the National Council for Women in Egypt.  She was also recognized by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Egypt.

“I am deeply honored to receive the ‘Egyptian Women Can’ Award,” she said. “It is really humbling to receive the award in the presence of so many great Egyptian leaders and ministers.”

The event was organized by the ministry and the government in cooperation with the National Council for Women. Egyptian leaders hope, as a result of the conference, that women leaders will lend their expertise to help boost development in Egypt.  

“This will open doors and will lead to opportunities to collaborate with the government and with other universities,” Ghoneim said.

-          Venita Jenkins

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Eman Ghoneim (center) received an award for her scientific achievements during the "Egyptian Women Can" Conference from Dr. Nabila Makram, the Minister of Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs (right) and Dr. Maya Morsi, president
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he National Council for Women, Cairo, Egypt.